It’s cool to care

My heart beats a little faster when I see exquisite, endangered Hooded Plover chicks.



Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis rubricollis) – chick
1/2000, f/6.3, ISO 400


This week I spent a few hours at the beach when time stood still despite the setting sun.

My friend Sue (a Hoodie Watch volunteer) and I sat well outside the fenced hoodie refuge and held our breaths until we’d counted the three little fluff balls of hoodie chick that had just hatched.



Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis rubricollis)
1/800, f/5.6, ISO 800


At one point Sue went to chat with people about keeping their dogs on leads when this adult hoodie flew over my head and landed facing the walkers. At first I wasn’t sure if it was a third adult but realised it was one of the parent birds when it started leading the walkers along the beach, away from the chicks. This fascinating behaviour is linked to the injured wing display that some birds use to attract attention to themselves rather than their families. The interesting thing with hoodies is that they are so small that people rarely spot them, even when they are trying to be seen.

One family with two young girls were delighted to see the chicks. The girls were gorgeous and asked what they could do to help the hoodies – it’s definitely cool to care.

Happy birding


PS  for more images of hoodies and a wealth of information please check a previous post 3, 2, 1, 0 sadness

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10 comments to It’s cool to care

  • Lilla

    I was just wondering if they do a letterbox drop in the areas with chicks? That’s a big task but might help to spread awareness? And you could have ecotours where you take beach goers on little walks and teach them about hoodies?

  • Alyssa

    It’s wonderful to have such caring people looking out for the hoodies! ❤️
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of such a gorgeous little bird.

    • lirralirra

      The volunteers and rangers are fantastic but it’s so hard with holiday makers changing every week. It’d be good if all the holiday accommodation places promoted the beauty of the hoodies and the need to protect them along with promoting beach ‘culture’. Actually, I’ll talk to people about this, I know some places give out informative postcards.

  • Sue

    Beautiful, Kim! And thank you for caring… you are such a precious friend to the hoodies!

  • Of course it is cool to care.
    Very, very cool.
    Fingers and toes crossed these fragile balls of perfection survive.
    PS: For the last few weeks I have had to post my comment twice. The first time I am told that Javascrip and cookies are required – and the second time it goes through.
    Perhaps it is payback for the difficulties you have with blogger.

    • lirralirra

      Thanks for letting me know about the commenting issue EC, can you let me know if it’s fixed next time you try?

      I’m hopeful these little ‘balls of perfection’ survive but the odds are so horribly stacked against them, it would help so much if hoodies didn’t nest right over the summer holidays.

  • Neil Mansfield

    Top photos, Kim.

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